Inside Higher Ed
July 2nd, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education filed
four lawsuits Tuesday, alleging that three state universities and one
community college maintain unconstitutional speech codes and have
restricted the free speech of students and faculty members.
The lawsuits – filed against Chicago State University, Citrus
College, Iowa State University and Ohio University – are the start of a
larger campaign that FIRE is calling the Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project. For every lawsuit FIRE wins, whether through a ruling or a settlement, the organization will sue another college.
FIRE had previously, and with less fanfare, brought lawsuits against Modesto Junior College
and the University of Hawaii at Hilo for blocking students from passing
out copies of the Constitution. Those lawsuits were a "dry run" for the
project, said Greg Lukianoff, FIRE's president.